Courtesy of Mystic Seaport
Built in 1864 by Charles Mallory and Sons, Mystic, Conn., the 157-foot Steamer Ella She was a regular visitor at Lyles Beach from 1882 to 1891, during the summer season only.
She operated a circuitous route between Norwich, Conn. and Watch Hill, R.I. from 1871 to 1903, making numerous stops along the way. For example, The Day reported on July 24, 1882, that “The steamer Ella will hereafter leave Norwich at 8 a.m., New London 9:15, Osprey Beach 9:45, Lyles Beach 10, Stonington 10:30, and arrive at Watch Hill about 11 a.m. Returning she will leave Watch Hill at 3 p.m., Stonington 3:30, Lyles Beach 4:15, Osprey beach 4:30, New London 4:45, and arrive at Norwich at 5:15 p.m.”